The Caear Rodney (Del.) 6-1, 160-pound junior floor leader will take an unofficial visit this weekend to Virginia Tech for the Hokies game against No. 2 Miami.
``I like them a lot," Thornton said of Virginia Tech. "I like their program and the area. It's about two or three hours from my house."
Thornton is a terrific shooter who averaged 22 points per game as a sophomore. He said that he's never had a dream school in mind because of all the moving around he's done throughout his childhood, so the biggest factors will be the coaching staffs, area and television exposure.
Virginia Tech appears to have plenty of competition for the Rochester, N.Y., native. Thornton lists his top three schools as Tennessee, Kansas and Arkansas – in that order. Wake Forest, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Duke are also on his list – although it's unclear what level of interest the Tar Heels and Blue Devils have in Thornton.
``I like Tennessee Coach (Buzz) Peterson a lot," Thornton said. "My favorite player is Michael Jordan and Coach Peterson has a good relationship with him. I met Buzz and he's real nice and down to earth."
Thornton, whose father is in the Air Force, has taken the road well-traveled to land in Delaware. He was born in Rochester, then moved to Germany for six years before going to New Jersey, Japan, back to Rochester and finally to Delaware for the past three years.